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Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area
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Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area, Idaho
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Description: 4780-foot elevation. 8853 acres mostly contains the 7000 acre lake, only about 5 feet deep. Managed cropland provides food for local and migrating wildlife. Nesting platforms have been constructed to minimize nesting sites being flooded out as water levels fluctuate. The nesting structures are used by waterfowl and raptors, including ducks, geese, cormorants, herons, ibis, gulls, and egrets. Trumpeter swans often stop here, but none are nesting yet. 50,000 snow geese come here in March and April. Shorebirds like curlews and avocets enjoy probing the mud flats for food, and can be seen all summer. Migratory bird populations peak in may, but pheasant and partridge live here year round. Small herds of mule deer, whit-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, elk and moose also are common visitors. One of the best places for wildlife viewing is the Kaster Overlook Tower at Cormorant Bay. Excellent waterfowl hunting in the fall, upland game bird hunting, and small game hunting. Fishing for largemouth bass (spring), yellow perch (winter), and tiger muskies. Boat ramps are on the north and south shores. The north shore fishing area is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Location: From I-15 take exit 143 and drive 7 miles west on ID 33. Go north on County Road 1800 East, go 1.8 miles, bear left at the "Y". Go another 3 miles and go west onto County Road 1800 North, then north again at County Road 1775 East. Go 1 mile, then west on County Road 1900 North to the area boundary. Signs directed you to the area features.

Address: Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Upper Snake Regional Office
4279 Commerce Circle
Idaho Falls, ID  83401
Phone: (208) 525-7290

Season: year round

Fee: no

Reservations: no
Blue Box indicates availability  White Box indicates unavailability
 Biking  Fishing  Picnicking
 Boating (Motorized)  Hiking/Backpacking  Scenic Driving
 Boating (Non-motorized)  Horseback Riding  
 Boating (WW)  Hunting  Water Sports
 Camping    Wildlife Viewing
 Caving  Off Highway Vehicles  Winter Sports

Services and Facilities
Blue Box indicates availability  White Box indicates unavailability  An A for Accessible indicates the service or facility is accessible to people with disabilities
 Visitor Center  Group Campgnd  RV Sites
  Exhibits  Campgnd, Primitive  Electric Hookup
 Interpretive Programs  Drinking Water  Dump Station
 Cultural-Historic Sites  Restrooms  Boat Ramp
 Campgnd, Developed  Showers  Marina
 Rental Cabins

Notes: Trappers must register with the Mud Lake WMA personnel. Pets must be leased except bird dogs during hunting season. Firewood cutting is prohibited. Boating is restricted west of Mackenzie Point from January 15 - August 30.
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